Koh Tarutao - a Robinson Crusoe Island

Would you believe me if I told you it’s possible to have a beach all to yourself on a Thai island? That’s just one of the many reasons Koh Tarutao is one of the best places to visit in Thailand. 

This former prison-turned national park in the far south of the country is a fascinating place to visit. Once upon a time, this remote island was a prison and was home to several thousand inmates. They were deterred from plotting an escape thanks to the shark and crocodile-infested waters. When supplies ran out during World War II, inmates and guards alike either perished or turned to piracy. You can explore the former prison grounds, which look like a great place to shoot a horror movie.

Other activities on offer here include taking a boat cruise through the mangroves and into a cave or hiking up to the viewpoint. You’re sure to see a lot of wildlife during your stay as well – macaques, lemurs, hornbills, wild hogs, lizards, and more.

Unlike other Thai islands that are full of hotels, shops, and bars, life is simple here on Tarutao. Your only option for accommodation is camping on the beach or staying in rustic cabins that only get power a few hours a day. There’s one restaurant here, so you’ll need to be sure you don’t miss mealtimes.

If you’re looking for that Robinson Crusoe-esque trip, be sure to put Koh Tarutao at the top of your list of places to visit in Thailand.